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Nissan CEO Talks China And The Economy

September 20, 2012 11:16 am | by CNN Money

Nissan chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn sits down with CNN Money and shares his thoughts on China's growing GDP and the current state of the United States and European markets. He has a rather unique and interesting perspective on those subjects.


Audi R8: Hot Body, Lots Of Power

September 20, 2012 8:16 am | by CNN Money

Take a look at the Audi R8 V10 - an exotic type car that's easier to live with, easier to drive, and just a little bit more affordable, says Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer for CNN Money. The $162,000 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has plenty of horsepower in a package that turns heads.


Shimi The Rockin' Robot Boogies To Your Beat

September 20, 2012 8:15 am | by Reuters

If you're looking for a musical soul mate who understands your unique taste in tunes and rocks to your rhythms, you might soon be in luck. Scientists at Georgia Tech are about to commercialize Shimi, their dancing robot, an android designed to put glide in your stride.


Robotic Fish Help Monitor Waters

September 20, 2012 8:13 am | by Discovery News

MIT researchers are refining robotic fish technology, which may be useful for detecting chemical and oil contamination in our waters. These robotic fish almost look, and feel, like real fish - but they compute data while swimming in places that would be dangerous for an actual fish.


Building A Real Life 'Iron Man'

September 20, 2012 8:12 am | by CNN Money

Decades of research, development, and considerable investment have made bionic technology a reality. One example is Ekso Bionics, a company that sells a $130,000 exoskeleton that they say helps paraplegics walk again. From a project that started around $25 million in military related grants, Ekso Bionics has now moved out of the lab and into the mainstream, setting up shop in Europe.


Mulally: Fuel Efficiency Drives Car Sales

September 19, 2012 11:16 am | by CBS News

Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about the health of the automaker and the industry as a whole. He also denies any imminent succession plans, and discusses the effect of Europe on the global economy and the future of the F-150.


Investors Have A Case Of iPhone 5 Fever

September 18, 2012 12:23 pm | by Reuters

If you thought Apple shares couldn't go any higher, think again. Apple shares are up one percent and hit another record as iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours, more than double the amount of the iPhone 4S preorders. Technology leader Apple says that demand for its latest gadget is exceeding supply and most of the pre orders will be delivered September 21, but some will be sent in October.


A Filthy Lancia Worth $250K

September 17, 2012 1:04 pm | by CNN Money

A car worth as much as $275,000 is at auction, covered in dirt. Fresh out of the owner's garage, the 1956 Lancie Aurelia was brought to auction exactly as is so that collectors can start at the true beginning of the car restoration process. Garth Hammer, specialist with Gooding & Co., says that this dirt-covered car is a perfect candidate for preservation.


Environmentalists In Sync With Airbus

September 14, 2012 1:52 pm | by Reuters

Environmental groups say they are encouraged by ambitious plans recently announced by Airbus to fly aircraft in flock formation by the middle of this century. The company's Smarter Skies concepts also include steeper take-offs to reduce journey times and gentler, glide-in landings.


Road Cars With F1 Technology

September 13, 2012 1:36 pm | by CNN

Ferrari's link with Formula 1 is undeniable, but there's a whole lot more to it than just the quest for titles and trophies. There's the genuine love of cars, and that's no where more obvious than on the factory floor. Amanda Davies finds out how Ferrari transfers their F1 technology and know-how into their road cars.


Brilliant Designs To Fit More People In Every City

September 12, 2012 3:15 pm | by Ted

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments, and other innovations that could make the overcrowded cities of the future work a lot like small villages from the past.


Clean Air Rocks

September 12, 2012 3:14 pm | by Camfil Farr APC

Got dust or fumes in your workplace? Hold on because you're about to take a virtual ride and fly through a Gold Series industrial dust collector from Camfil Farr APC. See how it works and how a dust collector can help you clean up your factory by watching this dust collector video.


The Startup That Builds Your Ideas

September 12, 2012 3:12 pm | by CNN Money

It's human nature to invent, says Ben Kaufman—CEO of Quirky—and what' stopping people from inventing is the difficulty in executing all of those great ideas. CNN's The Next List follows startup Quirky, a company that takes budding entrepreneurs' ideas and turns them into products.


Ford's New Escape Parks Itself

September 12, 2012 3:04 pm | by CNN Money

Ford has been loading its vehicles up with a lot of technology these days. The new SUV has BlueTooth capabilities, can open the tailgate for you with no hands, and can actually park itself. Say goodbye to parallel parking anxiety and watch the new Ford Escape squeeze into a space all by itself.


Breaking Down The Recent Jobs Report

September 12, 2012 12:57 pm | by CNN

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July and too few to keep up with population growth. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, but only because many people gave up looking for work. Anderson Cooper puts the new employment report into context, explains the numbers, and exposes the political spin.


Intel Not Feeling Chipper

September 11, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money

More bad news for any company that has strong ties to the world of PCs: Intel, the leading chip is lowering expectations. The semiconductor firm cut its outlook, a bad sign for Intel and all companies with ties to the struggling PC market.


Nokia's Uphill Battle With Smartphones

September 10, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money

The ailing mobile giant needs to convince consumers that its new smartphones are the best if they want to reverse their market share losses. Nokia was a smartphone market leader prior to the advent of Apple's iPhone. Can the company return to prominence?


Weak Jobs Report May Spur Fed Action

September 7, 2012 1:01 pm | by Reuters

The jobs market goes from bad to worse and everyone is in a tizzy over it, starting with Wall Street. Worse than anyone expected, nonfarm payrolls increased only 96,000 last month, which might be all the Fed needs to launch another round of quantitative easing.


Top Economists Answer America's Tough Questions

September 6, 2012 10:55 am | by Reuters

Reuters took some of America's biggest concerns about the recovery to top economists meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Issues such as the debt ceiling, unemployment, and the wage gap, among others are discussed. Find out how they answered.


Robot Building And Barefoot Running

September 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by MIT

Russ Tedrake, the X Consortium Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, discusses robots and barefoot running. For more information visit



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